Monthly Archives: March 2009

Lincolnshire wind turbine drives away farmers

I'm going underground

I'm going underground

A Lincolnshire family have been forced to move from their farm in Deeping St Nicholas after noise from wind turbines made life unbearable. Jane Davis told a meeting of SALT (Strategic Alliance against Lakeland Turbines) that her family had originally supported the wind farm but had now moved into rented accommodation to escape the noise and vibrations. She also explained that many wind farms did not have the problems of noise and vibrations but about 20% did – although no one could explain how or why these particular farms caused such nuisance and damage. Mrs Davis also spoke about the potential impact on wildlife and animals saying “within 48 hours all the swallows had let. We suddenly had no molehills” adding that vibrations broke down the soil structure so that funghi at the bottom of the food chain could not survive. Another speaker at the SALT meeting in Mugrisdale in Cumbria said that he had also suffered after a wind farm was built at Bothel. Ron Williams said that noise and light pollution from the Wharrels Hill wind farm had blighted the local community. Cumbria, known as the new ‘Energy Coast’ is now facing the potential of at least one new nuclear power station after RWE said it was looking at two sites on the West Cumbrian coast as potential sites for a new facility.

 

 

 

Mole from at: wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/moles.htm

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Italy bans luxury yachts

We're not sailing

We're not sailing

A local authority on the Italian Riveria has decided to ban boats from dropping anchor along its coast after a report showed that boats, including the many super yachts anchoring in secluded coves, were destroying seagrass meadows in Posidonia, home to a wide variety of marine flora and fauna including seahorses, starfish and wrasse. Liguria is banning all yachts over five metres (16 feet) from 26 new sites along the Italian coast that recently had nautical visits from Jennifer Lopez, Italian national football coach Marcello Lippi  and Wayne Rooney and Colleen Mcloughlin.

 

All homes will need water meters

turn me off please

turn me off please

Every home in South East England and London will need water meters as a matter of urgency according to the Environment Agency who say that metering needs to be completed within six years to allow water companies to conserve dwindling supplies. The Agency adds that all homes in England and Wales should be metered by 2020 to allow the country to cope with a drop in water levels. Global warming has meant that Britain’s weather has changed and whilst frequent heavy downpours will become normal, the overall amount of water in rivers is expected to drop by 10-15% by 2050 and the water level could decline by 80% in summer. With a growing population and rising consumption the new report calls for a review of the structure of the water industry and actions to reduce water consumption to help lower UK CO2 emissions.      

 

 

 

 

Tap person: WaterAid at Glastonbury 2008

Can we promote sustainability over growth?

There must be more to life than this ....

There must be more to life than this ....

A new report from the Sustainable Development Commission says that the pursuit of economic growth was one of the root causes of the current financial crisis and governments should respond to the credit crunch by abandoning a ‘growth at all costs’ policy in favour of a more sustainable, greener economic system. The SDC, an independent adviser to the UK Government, said that the developed world’s reliance on debt to fuel continued growth had left the global economy unbalanced and unstable. The report, Prosperity without Growth? Calls on governments to develop sustainable economic systems that do not rely on ever increasing consumption by improving fiscal and financial prudence; giving priority to public assets and infrastructure over private affluence; allowing individuals to flourish by tackling inequality; improving work-life balance; reversing the culture consumerism; establishing ecological limits on economic activity. The report concludes that “the clearest message from the financial crisis is that the current model of economic success is fundamentally flawed. For the advanced economies of the western world, prosperity without growth is no longer a utopian dream. It is a financial and ecological necessity”.

EARTH HOUR TODAY

EARTH HOUR

switch off to show your support

switch off to show your support

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28th MARCH 2009

 

Having started in New Zealand, the rolling Earth Hour reaches the UK at 8.30pm (20.30) today. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn their lights off for one hour to show global leaders that they want strong action to tackle climate change. 1000 cities and1 billion people are involved – let’s fight climate change NOW!

UK wind power programme blown off course

Is it all sunny in the renewable energy world?

Is it all sunny in the renewable energy world?

Its seems that the UK government’s plans to meet renewable energy targets are ‘Gone With the Wind’ after news that Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish company that is the world biggest investor in wind energy plans to reduce investment in UK renewable electricity by 40% from a high of E700 million to a reduced E400 million. Iberdrola blames the drop on the world’s economic crisis and said it was committed to the UK sustainable energy market but tellingly their chairman also said that planning delays and complications as well as problems connecting to the national grid were also factors. Doug Parr, the chief scientist of Greenpeace, said the UK renewables industry was moving “at a snail’s pace” and called for urgent action by the Government to accelerate its plans for a green energy revolution. “It really is a case of getting off their backsides and doing what they said they were going to do,” Dr Parr said. But Energy Minister Mike O’Brien hit back at claims that the Government was failing to deliver on an ambitious plan to foster a green energy revolution by building thousands of onshore and offshore wind turbines telling a meeting of renewable-energy chiefs that he was determined that Britain would meet its goal of generating as much as 35 per cent of all UK electricity from wind, wave and solar power by 2020, up from less than 5 per cent at present. It is estimated that £100 billion in investment is needed to meet these targets.

See: Ministers pore over incentives to save growth in green energy http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/natural_resources/article5983602.ece

Olive Green, Olive Black

A story from the wonderful IPKat – http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_CHG2GRbeET8/ScoJDONbgKI/AAAAAAAAKoQ/NJw5YHdBaCI/s1600-h/olives.jpgIs global warming a reality, or an unsubstantiated myth? The IPKat notes that, whatever the scientists may say, the global warming is starting to be felt in that iciest and most remote area of the world, the European Commission. An application has been made to the Commission for amendment of the Protected Designation of Origin specification of LA BELLA DELLA DAUNIA olives, from Italy. Among the amendments sought is this:

“‘Description’ in the summary sheet published in 1999 envisaged an indicative harvest date of 1 October, while the specification published in 2000 distinguished between two harvest dates, setting the starting date for green olives as 1 October and for black olives as 25 October.

With regard to the 2000 specification, it has become necessary to bring forward the harvesting of the black olives to 1 October too, since, as a result of changes in climatic conditions, the olives can already be turning colour or have matured as at that date, with wine-red colouration“.

Eeeeek!